Publication date: 1993
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Swimming Man Burning
A Rip-roaring Novel of the American West
A Spur Award Winner
In this fast-paced, darkly comic tale of the Old West, Clay Benton, a trapper and trader, is cornered in a deadly Indian ambush and spared by his attackers only to be forced to undertake a most improbable mission. He must guide four Indian warriors to Washington, D.C., where they will attempt to locate the secret of the white man's power. Swimming Man Burning is an uninhibited, off-beat, and heart-breaking novel full of unforgettable characters, humor, and rich ironic action.
"There is wild poetry to Kilpatrick’s writing, rooted in the facts of history and still deeper in the lore and plight of the Indian, that makes Swimming Man Burning more than just another Wild West adventure story." —Publishers Weekly
“This off-beat story has enough twists and rich humor to satisfy the most critical reader while still making some very poignant observations about the Old West and the tragedy that would eventually envelop the Indians, the ill-fated 7th Cavalry and General George Custer.” —Robert F. Walch, Journal of the West, July 1996